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Registered: ‎10-07-2016

Wireless audio with legacy equipment

I'm building a new house and almost at the point where I would string speaker wires through the walls after the electrician runs his wire and before we sheet rock,  but then I started thinking about wireless.  I have a pretty nice receiver and four big speakers from the 70s,  and wondered if there are products that enable bluetooth on older equipment such as this.  All my CDs are ripped already, and I am using Spotify a lot and was sending audio from my iPads to the equipment by wiring in an Apple Airport.  But because I am a musician, sometimes I was bothered by the bluetooth lag when doing home recording on GarageBand, or using Amazing Slow Downer on an iPad to learn new songs or transpose. I suppose for those situations I'd still have to use some wired headphones,  but using headphones for several people in my studio at once is something I haven't tried.  What do you suggest?  

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Re: Wireless audio with legacy equipment

On a personal note. I am a huge home theater fan.  Got my first on in 1993 with my separation from the Navy money and I cannot live without it.

 

I had comtemplated wireless speakers for many years.  And when I first started looking I was unimpressed with wireless.  However, all that aside they have made great strides with wireless speake technology.  If you happen to have a Magnolia store in your area I would suggest going in there and they can show you the options.

 

Rocketfish makes a variety of options.

 

However, on a persnal note.  IF you have the capability to wire your speakers up with good quality wire I think that would be a much better option.  Your going to have less interference and less lag and I believe a cleaner sound.  Even if you go with the wireless option for now. Once you have the sheetrock up it is to late.

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Re: Wireless audio with legacy equipment

here are some options

 

Soundcast

 

 

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Re: Wireless audio with legacy equipment

Pull some wire like this through the walls to wall plates? http://www.audiopile.net/NNS-1492
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Re: Wireless audio with legacy equipment

Thats a pretty good price.  You certainly want at the smallest 14 gague for the longer runs.  You would also want to look at the impedence of your speakers and what your amp can supply.  

 

I use 12 gauge for both front and rears.  cost more but I like to think I get a cleaner sound. 

 

But I think your on the right track to get something very good.  Doing it this way you only get one chance without a lot of extra work to so it later.

 

A friend of mine and his wife built their own house.  He actually had a built in walkway/Secret passage put in behind his wall and going to where the speakers were. And he had conduit placed.  He ended up running speaker wire all over his house so he could pipe music to the whole house. Sounded pretty awesome at his Christmas Party. 

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Re: Wireless audio with legacy equipment

Hey MajorGeek, 

 

Building a brand new home is very exciting, and integrating technology into your home is essential these days. 

 

My recommendation would be to run the wires within the walls, but please be sure to use a quality wire like bobberuchi mentioned. This will ensure that you'll always have the option to hardwire your connections. Since you're speakers haven't been updated since the 1970's I'd highly recommend looking into new speakers. 

 

Have you heard of Sonos? They're truly amazing, and carry incredible sound in a smaller more sleek package. Sonos is an truly wireless option except to plug for power. The best part of these it's a mix and match options. You can get the pieces you like or need. Sonos even makes bridge pieces to use your older items too. 

 

My two favorite features of Sonos is that they don't make a new version of the items every year meaning they take the time to really craft quality products with necessary features. They update the pieces every 6-8 years. My other favorite feature is the Play 5 maps your space for the best reverb. 

 

Please let me know if you have further questions about going wireless, or other home theater items for you new home. I'd be happy to help. 

 

Kindly, 

 

 

 

 

 

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